Lucknow: High precision and meticulous planning have been hallmarks of Metro rail projects in the country. So when it came to getting just the right uniform for Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) employees, it took premier design institute NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology), Rae Bareli, five months to get the perfect fit.
NIFT, Rae Bareli was given contract to design LMRC’s summer and winter uniform in November 2014. After 3-4 phases of screening and many rounds of discussions with LMRC officials, NIFT finally got the uniform’s colour and design approved by authorities in March 2015. The CM unveiled the Metro uniform in July this year. All Lucknow Metro’s officials and engineers would sport grey t-shirts and trousers on the site, LMRC officials said.
The idea of introducing a uniform for Metro employees was first mooted by ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan after he was appointed by the government as principal advisor to LMRC. He proposed giving the contract of designing uniforms to NIFT on the pattern of Delhi Metro.
A senior LMRC official said, “NIFT Rae Bareli proposed the best of colours, nice bright shades and innovative designs for Metro uniforms, but we were looking for something subtle. Our requirement was for a dark colour which doesn’t easily get stained on the site. After several meetings, we settled on grey t-shirts and solid grey trousers.” Order for 75 uniforms was subsequently placed with a manufacturer. LMRC will order more when recruitment begins.
During winter, sweatshirts and woolen pants would replace the t-shirts and summer trousers. The uniform is mandatory for all those who visit the site and engineers permanently posted at the construction site. Director, NIFT, Rae Bareli, Bharat Shah said, “We put two designers, Venkat Subramanyam and Ayan Tewari, on the job and suggested multiple options to them. But ultimately, it was their selection. Their choice is apt considering the fact that they need to work on the field.”